Mayer: Comfy it is! but yeah, I'm looking into a fiberglass single seat cowl that will match the cafe theme
Drummerdude: You know honestly, that was my original plan of action! But the more time I spent with the bike, the more I felt the need to dive deeper into the guts of the beast. It was also partly my dad's wish to get it back into good mechanical condition. But yes the grey was original from our purchase. Unknown what the previous owner did.
But you're absolutely right, the pictures do hide the unseen flaws: Paint chips, scratches, sunspots, and rust.
I will definitely PM you about the gauges. But they're staying with me until the project gets underway and I have my replacement gauges all sorted out